Jackson treks to 'Unfinished' hospital film


Samuel L. Jackson is attached to star in "Unfinished Country," screenwriter Mark Wheaton's "Training Day"-style thriller for Blue Star Pictures and Inferno Entertainment.

Jackson plays Elton, the chief administrator of an overcrowded hospital located in the middle of South Africa's violent Soweto ghettos. Elton's methods of treating patients are put into question when a young U.S. medical student arrives to do his residency and the hospital gets caught in the crossfire of local gang warfare.

The fact-based "Unfinished Country" takes place in the largest hospital in the world, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. The film will be shot on location in South Africa.

William Sherak, Jason Shuman, Bill Johnson and Tim O'Hair are producing. Jim Seibel will serve as executive producer.

Sherak and Shuman's Blue Star recently signed a two-year producing pact with Sony following the success of 2003's "Darkness Falls" and Wheaton's most recent feature, "The Messengers." Their upcoming projects include Columbia's "Bangkok Dangerous," Lionsgate's "The Burrowers" and "Harold" with City Lights Pictures and M.E.G.A Films.

Johnson and Seibel's Inferno Entertainment is producing Picturehouse's remake of "The Women," Sony's "The Heaven Project" and "Hachiko: A Dog's Story."

Jackson is repped by ICM, Eli Selden at Anonymous Content and attorney Deborah Klein. Wheaton is repped by Endeavor and Michael Sugar at Anonymous Content.